Support Student Non-Profit with Strategic Planning for Fundraising

Activity/project background

Partner: TUKS Children’s Trust (Community-based Organization)

TUKS Childrens Trust (TCT) is a student-run non-profit organization associated with the University of Pretoria. TCT was started in 2015 by then medical student Dr. Garbriel Nel with the aim of improving child healthcare and wellness in communities in and around Pretoria.

Student participation has grown since to include university students majoring in education, law, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy. TCT initiates community engagement activities that support all areas of child well-being through education workshops and book drives, health development monitoring, nutrition and food drives, and support to children with special needs.

TCT operates on a student volunteer basis where current students from the University of Pretoria opt to join the organizations and serve in various roles and committees. The committees administer, strategize, fundraise, and implement annual community initiatives with local hospitals and child-care homes that serve the needs of children and their families. Students gain professional development skills and community experience which prepares them for post-graduate entry into their respective career fields.

TCT is requesting a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to support developing a strategy and the capacity of the organization to identify potential sources of funding, donations, and grants that the organization will be eligible for. The VSPP will mentor the organization with non-profit fundraising best practices.

TCT has not previously worked with a Peace Corps Volunteer or a VSPP. They understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Collaborate with and mentor TCT’s executive committee to refine and develop a long-term and sustainable strategy for the non-profit that focuses on its core mission
• Mentor respective sub-committees (public relations, fundraising, education, and events) to develop their capacity to sustain existing and new partnerships, fundraising mechanisms, focused healthcare related education and initiatives
• Mentor organization to develop an effective fundraising strategy that includes skills development in sourcing donor funds, grant identification and grant proposal writing
• Co-develop an incentive strategy for TCT that will encourage student participation and volunteerism

This engagement is expected to be approximately 12 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. South Africa time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, MS Teams, WhatsApp, and email for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in any field

• Experience establishing non-profits
• Experience in fundraising and/or grant management for non-profit organizations

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in any field

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

• 2 years of experience working on fundraising strategies for non-profit organizations
• Experience working with university students or youth-led organizations in community development
• Experience incentivizing principles of volunteerism and community engagement support
• Experience with project management

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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